The daughter of New York City Mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, has recently revealed her substance abuse and clinical depression in a YouTube video confession posted on Christmas Eve.
Chiara de Blasio, 19, admitted to suffering from both during her entire adolescence. In a well-crafted and professional video produced by her father’s staff, she explains how drinking and smoking marijuana carried on into college.
During Mr. De Blasio’s campaign, there was speculation of his daughter’s history of drug and alcohol abuse, but the family made sure to shield all details during the candidacy.
The video confession comes at a time where the meaning of family is even more important than any other time of the year. So, it may have been an ideal time to show others that even those related to politicians go through the same struggles as every day people.
De Blasio mentions how she used substances as a way to connect with people around her that she wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
Her reason for speaking out about her struggle was to inform those who are suffering and dying from the disease every day that they are not alone.
She doesn’t mention her parent’s identities directly, but still references how they have been committed in helping her recover.
Now that she has received help, she wants to continue to help others as well.
“It’s just important for people to realize, anybody who is watching this, that if you’re suffering and if you’re depressed, you’re dealing with mental illness, and you think that it might have something to do with your drug abuse or drinking, or if you’re just suffering from both of those at the same time and you think that they’re completely unrelated to one another, getting sober is always a positive thing,” she said in the video.